In the 19th century German missionaries
settled in Namibia , bringing with them all the prejudice that
centuries of civilisation had bred into them . The traditional
semi-naked dress of the Herero was unacceptable to them and
eventually the Herero women were coerced into adopting the Victorian
dress, adapting it into the style so distinctive today. This Victorian
tradition is still strong and women are extremely proud to
wear the dress. Locally known as ‘Ohorokova', the enormous crinoline dress worn
over several petticoats includes a bodice that buttons up close
to the neck, long sleeves and a shawl worn across the shoulders.
All dresses are designed exactly the same differing only
in colour, fabric pattern and buttons. Up to eight layers of
petticoats may be worn to make the dress as voluminous as possible.
The bigger the volume the more impressive the dress. Article
and photos upon request.